Recently my Pilates instructor asked us at the beginning of class to think about something we’re proud of. She said that even for herself, it was hard to think of something she’s proud of. We can be so difficult on ourselves that we get into the habit of not focusing on the good. It really got me thinking because like her, I couldn’t immediately think of something I was proud of. A couple of moments later and I finally could come up with a few things. 2017 was filled with things that I’m proud of that I did. Ideas that came to life. Moments that were created.
Buying our first home
That one is without a doubt the highlight of 2017. After renting for what seems like forever, we were lucky enough to find our little home in Alexandria. I grew up in apartments so living in a house is like a big adventure to me. I love having an upstairs and a downstairs. I love having a front and back yard. I love decorating each room, finding the perfect indoor/outdoor mat and having a laundry room. I sound like a 70 year old grandma but that’s who I am deep down. I am the definition of a homebody and having a cozy home couldn’t make me any happier.
Switching Gears To Youtube
I fooled myself for too long that I could be a sole blogger. While it’s still a large part of my business and I still really enjoy it, Youtube is where my heart is at. I felt too afraid to put myself in front of the camera so a blog seemed like a better idea at the time. But in 2017 I focused on my Youtube channel more than I ever have. I honestly haven’t felt this fulfilled in a LONG time. And ironically, focusing more on Youtube has made me appreciate my blog more. Some content ideas are better presented in a blog post versus video. I will always love writing and presenting my thoughts on (online) paper – hence this blog post, ha!
Ever since I started watching Youtube videos in my dorm room in 2009, I have wanted to attend Vidcon. As it always falls on my birthday weekend, I’ve refrained from going. But not in 2017. I flew alone to Anaheim and truly had the most amazing time. I love traveling and being alone so that didn’t bother me at all. Being surrounded by other creatives who live and breathe Youtube was a magical and invigorating experience. It opened up my mind to so many ideas and underlined that Youtube is the right path for me. I flew home on Sunday after the conference, which happened to be my actual birthday. I celebrated my birthday with my first ever emergency landing (a passenger got sick but she was okay) and I couldn’t wait to be home after a long day of traveling.
VLOGTOBER / VLOGMAS
The most stressful and most exciting time of the year was doing Vlogtober! I ended up with 25 videos out of 30 days and learned more than I ever imagined. Talk about working nonstop! I loved every second of it and can’t wait to do it again. That’s a good thing, right? Vlogmas wasn’t as intense with video uploads – in part to life getting in the way – but I LOVED sharing my run up to Christmas with you. Even though I don’t get as many views on these types of videos, it’s a nice way to show more of my personal life and connect with you.
Reaching my business goals
2017 I finally reached an important goal that I’ve wanted for SO LONG. Not only was I very proud of all the collaborations that I did, but I also got my first ever video collaboration. As someone who is still new to the video space, I couldn’t believe it. It showed me that I’m on the right track and to never give up. As a solo entrepreneur it is so easy to get caught up with what I’m not achieving and not doing right. But thinking back to what my Pilates teacher asked, reaching my biggest business goals in 2017 made me feel very proud of myself…
So now I’m passing the question on to you: What are you proud of?
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